Ravichandran Ashwin wants to ‘just see the ball and hit it’

All-rounder targets better with the bat

All-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin is keen to be more aggressive with the bat during India's ongoing Test series against New Zealand.

Ashwin has collected four centuries and 11 half-tons in 71 Tests. However, he has not scored a half-century in the longest format of the international game since 2017. The last time he reached 50 in a Test away from home was in 2016.

He fell for zero and four in India's 10-wicket defeat to New Zealand in the first Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington recently.

“In the past, the only secret to how I have got runs or how I was successful was by looking to be positive and that's exactly how I played. I personally feel I have been a little too watchful and a little too worried about getting out in the recent past,” said Ashwin.

“That's something I have tried getting over even in the games that I have played at home. Hopefully I will try and put it to rest. Just see the ball and hit it. Far too much going in the head won't work.”

Ashwin in the UK and IPL

The 33-year-old Ashwin will be involved in the Indian Premier League later this year, after being traded by the Kings XI Punjab to the Delhi Capitals. He will then join Yorkshire in the County Championship in the United Kingdom.

“I'm thrilled to be joining Yorkshire, a club with a wonderful history and a fantastic fan base. I think our team looks extremely talented with some superb pace bowlers and exciting batsmen. Hopefully my role as the spinner will be a key feature in helping the team achieve success,” he said earlier this year.

“Headingley has always been a fantastic venue to play at. People speak about the overhead conditions playing a big part so let's hope for plenty of sun. I love playing first-class cricket and have enjoyed my two previous spells with Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire. My role will be to score runs and take wickets but it will be a collective effort if we are to win the title.”

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